waiting for a document to print I turned to the Guardian webpages to check progress on phonetapping hearings and saw this one:
It reminded me of cooking on a budget in my student days, both in Dublin (when studying for a Masters degree) and in Birmingham, while reading for my PhD.
In Brum budgeting was amazingly easy, thanks to the local food co-op (Sage, now no more… :() and to Simon, who used to deliver a huge veggie bag every Thursday for £8. No choice, just seasonal veg, but hey, so good!
That is when I learnt to cook parsnips and swede and to recognise and enjoy different types of chard and sorrel… and to make the most of pumpkins, as the Guardian piece also says! Being a student on a little money also taught me how to bake my own bread (see my older post: https://arigoesaround.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/baking-day-in-fife/ on baking ventures!) and generally not to waste…
So, if you are looking forward to tonight and are carving your pumpkin, you’d do worse not to throw it away and cook with it. Risotto is great and so is soup… not to mention curry! IN addition to the “everything but the kitchen sink one” of my earlier post (https://arigoesaround.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/it-is-a-long-time-in-academia-just-as-in-politics/), I recommend this recipe, straight from the wonderful treasure trove website owned by Mamta Gupta, Indian chef extraordinaire and Mum to Kavey!
Fabulously tasty, this was my first brush with making pumpkin curry at home! And of course, do not forget ‘bruscolini’ (as we call them in my hometown…), i.e. roasted and salted pumpkin seeds… no fat, no fancy stuff, best snack in town!